Your teens may feel they are all grown up - adults ready to face the world on their own. However, it’s crucial that we as parents remain connected, leading them down the right path throughout life. This includes getting them ready for Senior Ball, passing down the dos and don’ts on this special evening, which takes place this weekend at Bella Vista High School in Fair Oaks.
Now dads no need to start shining the shotgun in front of the dates, and moms, with all due respect your daughters very well may not want to wear the same gown as you did on your special night. It's a new generation and the times, they a-changing.
Although I won’t have to personally handle this with my little girl for another 10 years before the old birds-and-bees talk comes up; however, as uncomfortable as it may be, it's an inevitability. Not only could sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV and AIDS, be passed from one to another, becoming a teen parent will effectively change one’s life forever. According to a new state report posted in the L.A. Times in February of 2011, teen births have decreased by more than half in the past twenty years due to simply educating our teens. So let’s stay focused on that fact. Share the importance of abstinence with your teens while also giving them the benefit of the doubt.
Perhaps providing your teen with a chaperoned party in the comfort and safety of your own home before or after the dance could be helpful.
If you're not going to transport your teens and their friends for the occasion, providing a taxi, or even more luxurious, a limo service would ensure their safe travel to and from the dance. There are a few affordable options in the area, including taxi cabs, limousines or party buses to choose from.
It's also likely your teen has already earned his or her driver’s license and maybe even a vehicle to call their own. If this is the case, again educate them with an open and honest conversation about the potential risks of driving on prom night. Even if your teen is the most responsible driver on the road, he or she should always be aware of the drivers who are not. The fact that 156 teens lost their lives in the year of 2009 due to irresponsibly drinking and driving, according to The Century Council, you’d think would be a big enough scare to keep them on the straight and narrow.
What steps do you take to keeping your pre-adults free from harm on Senior Ball night? Tell us in the comments.